The fire danger level in Ashland decreased to “moderate” (blue) on Monday, Oct. 1. Restrictions have lessened slightly and include:
• It’s now OK to use chain saws, brush cutters and other gas power-driven or spark-emitting machinery and to do welding or grinding of metal before 1 p.m. and after 8 p.m. daily. When using these tools, access to fire suppression equipment is required, including a shovel, water source and/or an eight ounce or larger fire extinguisher and a means of calling 911. Restrictions do not apply in green, well-irrigated landscapes clear of flammable vegetation.
• The mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven equipment is not allowed from 1 to 8 p.m. This prohibition does not apply to the mowing of green lawns.
• Outdoor debris burning is still prohibited.
• Fireworks and sky lanterns are prohibited at all times.
• Smoking is only allowed in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on water or in designated areas.
• Motor vehicles may only be used on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except when used for agricultural purposes.
For more information, check out these resources:
• www.ashland.or.us/fireseason — Ashland Fire and Rescue website with updated information about fire season.
• www.ashlandfirewise.org — Information on easy steps to take to help prevent fire in and around your home.
• Wildfire Hotline — 541-552-2490 — Provides information on fires burning in and around Ashland during fire season.
• Emergency Broadcast Radio — 1700 AM — This radio station can only be heard in Ashland. It broadcasts information on any emergency affecting the city.
• www.swofire.com — Regional fire and smoke related updates.